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Volume 11, Issue 24 Friday, July 23, 2010 Staying sharp Qualifying at the range Hot! Hot! Hot! Staying safe in the GTMO heat A JTF Journal THE
Knowledge is powerPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief: Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Scott A. Fleming Office of Public Affairs Director: Navy Cmdr. Brad Fagan: 9928 Deputy Director: Navy Lt. John Ferrari: 9927 Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 3649 Supervisor: Air Force Master Sgt. John Asselin: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair: 3499 Photojournalists: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 or 3594 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER:Army Capt. Todd French examines a cat at the base Veterinary clinic, July 14. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas BACK COVER: A statue stands tall in honor the of Marines who protect the fenceline. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler The WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regard to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service with a circulation of 1,000. CORRECTION:Last week The Wire printed that the 525th change of command and change of responsibility was held on June 13. It was July 13. Army Master Sgt. Luis J. Espinosa 525th MP Battalion Personal Security Manager______________________________________ The Armed Forces is no different from the rest of corporate America in terms of know-how. Knowledge is power in all walks of life. Knowledge is power when it comes to making a point in either an argument, a sell or in an attempt to persuade others. When it comes to life in general, knowledge is power. The person who understands self and also understands human nature, more often then not, gets along better with others. Having a sense of humanity can assist in understanding how to care for others, how to gain respect for self and how to learn and teach. Virtually everything the military does is covered by a written regulation, manual, directive, instruction, policy letter or standard operating procedure. My point is that simply knowing or having the power of knowing does no good when kept to ones self. The inherent responsibility of teaching, coaching and mentoring our young Troopers is vital when passing along information critical to the success of the mission. We must be able to not only lead with knowledge, but also pass on that knowledge to our young warriors. Many times, without thinking we just do for our Troopers in the process of taking care of them, but our methods need change in order to nurture the new generation of leaders. We must take the time to really teach so that they too accomplish their task. Want to know how many pounds of household goods you are authorized to ship? Want to know if youre eligible to move off post? Want to know what the requirement is for spousal support? Want to know the minimum requirement writing, somewhere amongst the many regulations. Examples such as this are too often overlooked in not teaching them to our juniors. We simply tell them with a because we said so type mentality. We feel that having the knowledge is power base over them will make us better leaders. I dont believe this view works well, if we intend to foster a generation of Troopers that can accomplish any tough assignment. Just remember, it is not always the one with the most rank who has the know-how that enables us to accomplish a given task or mission. Individuals of all ranks need to be mindful and understand that even the most junior Troopers skill set. More often then not, we are under the impression that our most senior leaders will have the answers to our problems or issues. Yes, I do believe that as seniors we must possess the knowledge that will assist us in taking care of those that we are responsible for. But, dont think for a minute that we, the seniors, are the only ones with a certain degree of knowledge is power!
A day at the range FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Several Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, including Soldiers from the 786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, recently reported to the Granadillo Range familiarization training on the Marine M9 After a safety brief by Marine Corps Security Force Company personnel, who were conducting operations at the range, the 786th personnel donned their protective scheduled to train that day were afforded qualify, said Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jose L. Mercado, the JTF Guantanamo J-3 charge. annual requirement for all Marines who carry the 9mm pistol, the Army personnel used it for practice, said Mercado, who also is the JTFGTMO Marine senior enlisted adviser. The Army is not required to use this course for their annual training; however, successfully completing and qualifying this marksmanship skills, Mercado said. at pop-up targets ranging from 25 meters to 300 meters, the targets remained in one a variety of distances, starting at 25 meters from the targets, moving up to seven meters, Lt. Col. Patricia Charles, deputy director of sharpshooter out of the three classes. marksman, sharpshooter and expert. It gave me additional experience, due to the fact that we usually qualify on pop-up targets, Charles said. This familiarization on the range will make our future training on the pop-up targets easier. Mercado stressed that the range is open to all personnel. All enlisted members who are required to carry or use the M9 pistol are all invited to request a slot on any future ranges coordinated by the JTF-GTMO J-3 training section, he said. The coaching given by the Marines Charles. They [Marines] were able to see adjust the target acquisition. The training, which is scheduled to take place throughout the month, will continue with designated personnel using the range one day a week until the end of July. Army Spc. Keith H. Chambers inspects a 9mm pistol at Granadillo Range, July 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Personnel from the Marine Corps Security Force Company and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters and Headquarters Command listen to a safety brief at Granadillo Range, July 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
MISSION | FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE members of Marine Safety and Security Team 91104, apply wax to the hull of a boat, July 15. Coast Guardsmen with JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.Maintenance provides safety, security Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Since its inception in 2002, Coast Guard based in Galveston, Texas, has protected the waters where it has been assigned. Currently serving at Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, many different missions. operations in GTMO by Commissions proceedings, ensuring the borders of Guantanamo Bay are not breached, and ensuring all incidents that occur in nearby waters are handled properly, said Coast Guard Machinery Technician 2nd Class Isaac Renfro. As a machinery technician, Renfro maintains the boats, vehicles and property We have a number of vehicles that we Bay allows unit members to build more cohesiveness. Everyone in the unit knows their job, but we are also cross-trained, said Coast Guard Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Cesar Gallegos. Even the yeoman knows how to do my job and I can do theirs. This cross training allows the of comfort that increases morale and promotes camaraderie. The Coast Guardsmen of experience while deployed to JTF-GTMO by working alongside the other services and occupations, Renfro said. Guard and provide a safer Guantanamo Bay and a more secure America. must maintain along with the grounds we work on, said Renfro. We also have a total of six boats that we keep in rotation. In order to keep boats in the best possible one duty, another two for a separate duty and keeps the last two boats in its arsenalfor maintenance. This steady rotation allows all the boats to stay in top condition. Renfro is among many other Coast Guardsmen who work together to ensure mission accomplishment. We work as a team, Renfro said. If the boats dont work, then work cant be done. Maintenance and mission accomplishment go hand in hand for MSST We work as a team. If the boats dont work, then work cant be done. Navy Machinery Technician 1st Class Isaac Renfro
They arrive, just in time for Aang to rescue himself, and take him to safety. Their journey after that takes them to one beautiful place after another. M. Night Shyamalan may have completely ruined the movie, but the graphics people were on point. spiritual fortress of the Northern Water Tribe where Aang learns to control his next element, water. Once again the Fire Nation swoops in to ruin the day. Aangs new mastery of water saves the fortress and sends the Fire Nation retreating with their tails between their legs in their ridiculous-looking steam ships. movie of three; however, it will be a shock if Shyamalan is allowed after this disgrace to show his face in public long enough to make another movie. The Last Airbender tells an amazing story, one with depth and meaning. Shyamalan takes that story under his wing, it to its death. FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Great story, terrible direction Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Before going to see The Last Airbender, I had received mixed reviews from my friends stateside. The general consensus was if you hadnt seen the animated series, then the movie would be decent, if not great. Well, after sitting through the terrible acting, poor cinematography and overall butchering of a good story, I have to disagree. I came in with a clean slate, never having seen the animated version, and I still would have walked out if I wasnt working. I feel badly for the people who, even having no obligation to stay, continued to watch the movie through the multiple rain showers that was probably Mother Earths way of telling us it wasnt worth it. The movie begins in a frozen tundra that is home to Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone). Katara controls the element water, making her the last water bender in her tribe. Sokka well, he throws a mean boomerang. The entire world is under oppression from the Fire Nation, who came to power after the disappearance of the Avatar, the one person who controls all four elements (Air, Water, Earth, Fire) and is responsible for keeping the peace between each elemental nation. While out hunting, Katara and Sokka barely alive in the frozen wastes. They take pity on him and take him back to their village. Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) of the Fire Nation descends upon the village knowing Aang to be the Avatar. After Zuko takes Aang away on his steam-powered ship, that isnt cheesy looking in the slightest, Katara and Sokka take it upon themselves to rescue him, a decision that changes their lives forever.
PAGE 6 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas NEGB guards shoot,qualify
When all is said and done, the players just want to get together and play. Of course we want to win like everyone else, but our main goal is to have fun, Corbitt said. Although the Cool Guys have won their last three gamestwo actual games and one by forfeitthese players get together for Were not head hunting for anybody, Corbitt said. Were just here for love of the game. There are eight mens teams and three womens teams that make NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________With the advent of the World Cup and fans all over the globe in a frenzy over the sport, it didnt take long for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay service members and civilian contractors to catch soccer fever. In their off-duty hours, many people have joined the Morale, Welfare and Recreation soccer league and have taken to Cooper Field to emulate the professional players of the most widely played and popular sport in the world. One such team, the Cool Guys, has been reincarnated many times depending on the sport that is in season. There is a core group that makes up the team, but for the most part we join based on whatever sport the Cool Guys are playing, said Ben Toomey, a linguist with the Joint Intelligence Group. Toomey has been with the league for about a team. Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III, a broadcast journalist with the JTF-GTMO public affairs, plays the position of defenseman. I joined the team purely by accident, Corbitt said. I was at the NEX buying a soccer ball for physical training, in honor of the World Cup. In the process of cashing out the cashier said, Why dont you join a team? He showed up at the appointed time and place, met the Cool Guys, and has been a defender for the team ever since. As opposed to some of the other teams, like NEX United and the Fire Department, which are composed mainly of civilians who have been in GTMO for years, teams composed mainly of military members, like the Cool Guys, only have a short while to establish a good rapport. World Cup sparks fever Players from the Cool Guys line up to defend a corner kick, July 16. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Cool Guys, blocks an attempted goal by the opposing team July 16. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Battling the heat Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Between the years of 2004 and 2008, 300 medical facilities worldwide have diagnosed patients with heat injuries, according to the U.S. Combat Readiness/ Safety Center. The heat of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is some of the worst service members can experience during their military careers. Whether deployed to a Middle Eastern destination or Joint Task Force Guantanamo, keeping a close eye on the temperature to avoid heat injuries is imperative to a Troopers well-being, especially during the months of July, August and September. A heat injury is when the body loses its ability to regulate its natural temperature, which is usually caused by dehydration in a hot weather environment, said Army Sgt. Ronald McDaniel, a healthcare sergeant at the Joint Trooper Clinic. Make sure youre hydrated and make sure your acclimatized. exhaustion and heat stroke. can turn into exhaustion and eventually heat stroke. Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms that happen in the arms, legs or abdomen. Additional symptoms may include heavy sweating, staggering, dizziness, rapid pulse and shortness of breath. Heat injuries happen anytime the crucial limit, said Army Sgt. Lee McClure, its supposed to have at all times. If it drops below the minimum, the body starts to compensate and thats when everything goes downhill. When heat stroke, the worst heat illness, occurs, sweating will discontinue, the skin will become hot and the bodys temperature cause confusion, bad headaches, dizziness, nausea and a strong pulse, which could eventually lead to loss of consciousness, coma, seizure or even death. Service members, especially those stationed in hot environments, should educate themselves to help prevent reaching the stage of heat stroke. When it comes to heat injuries, the best thing you can do is catch it early, McClure said. Its always good to know your limits, maintain high hydration levels and wear appropriate gear. Its good to know when youve had enough heat and when you need to go inside. Heat injuries can occur anytime throughout the day and night. The body doesnt care necessarily what temperature it is outside, or what time of day it is, but rather the exertion youre putting out [varying by temperature], McClure said. If its late at night and youre still exerting your body and you do that long enough and hard enough, without knowing your limits youre going to have heat injuries. Troopers at JTF-GTMO need to be especially precautious. According to McClure, heat injurie rates for JTF-GTMO a month. JTF policy memorandum number island, which allows Troopers to get acclimatized for the weather. Flag conditions are also set into place to notify Troopers of acceptable outdoor physical activity limits. However, despite the low numbers, its important not to overlook the conditions at GTMO. Always stay hydrated and wear appropriate gear. Drink water and drive on, McDaniel said. For more information about heat injuries or other medical services call ext. 3397.
FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite summer activity?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Threatt Navy Hospitalman Maikol Vegasuarez It has to be the water parks. The slides ... I love the slides. I enjoy biking and the beach, biking more so because of the exercise. Its exciting and gets your adrenaline pumping. Swimming, its hot here and swimming cools me off and its great exercise. The Beach. I like to can also relax and do a variety of sports. Army Spc. Keith Chambers Air Force Airman 1st Class Leah BrownwellAll hands on deckNavy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, addresses Troopers during an allhands call, July 13. Harbeson held all hands meetings at different times over a period of a few days to give out JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 PAGE 11 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Main Chapel Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Army Capt. Eric Bey 525th MP Battalion Chaplain_____________________________________________________ early one particular morning that I woke up before my family and decided to go down to the lake. We were staying at a cabin that someone graciously let us use. Heading down to the lakes edge, I decided to go with a Zoom plastic watermelon worm. After trying that with no luck I noticed that the water was like a mirror and that perhaps a top water jig would work. I fumbled with the knot and began to get frustrated when He began to speak to me, Patience, son, enjoy the process! I began to remember how peaceful the walk down was, and then I remembered the anticipation and giddiness of getting a hit and setting the hook and how it was going to feel. Somewhere along the way I had lost the joy of it all. It was subtle, but as I was fumbling with the knot I felt my temperature rising. He gently reminded me how much I love puzzles, problems and brain teasers. I began to look at the knot as a challenge. I picked up another hook and went at it with a new perspective and, from then on, my entire day was great. The knot came out so easy and I was popping the top water lure within minutes. I didnt catch a thing that morning but had a great time nevertheless. remembered scripture where He says to total strangers, Come with me and I will for something but not really knowing or caring what. Evangelically speaking, I thought of the many different approaches I use when talking to people about the Lord. Not everyone responds to the same thing. It was like me choosing a lure. The Gospel is the Gospel, but the way you make it palatable to some may not work for another, so it is like dragging, jerking, bouncing or just letting your bait lay there. You could get into the water but there are risks. This reminded me of how much better it is to stay in your own environment when sharing the Gospel. You could well enough witness in a bar but there are dangers there. You might be enticed to drink or the people you want to engage might already be drunk, or at least on their way. It would be way better to wait and talk to them at work or a coffee shop after hours to get them out of their environment. of perspective with a heaping, helping of good attitude and perhaps a smidgen of spiritual insight, you can turn this around. For those of you who claim Father, I expect nothing less. You think about that.
AJTF Airmen with the Base Emergency Engineering Force build a structure in support of Commission Support Group, July 14. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 Army Sgt. Ardicio Galvao, animal care non-commissioned JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas July 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Around the
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